The MLB playoffs are about to start and after a competitive finish we finally have all the matchups for baseball’s big dance set. The divisional series will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1, and to get you ready for October baseball we have been taking a look back at some of the best moments in MLB playoff history over the next few days.
When the Philadelphia Phillies signed closer Jonathan Papelbon to a four-year, $50 million contract in November of 2011, many eyebrows were raised across Major League Baseball. Papelbon had been shaky at times in his two seasons with the Boston Red Sox and he almost certainly wasn’t going to get better.
The Philadelphia Phillies made a strong statement on Wednesday about the future of their franchise by signing second baseman Chase Utley to a two-year contract extension. The deal will pay Utley around $13 million per season and keep him in Philadelphia through the 2015 season.
While it might be too early to tell where some of this year’s deals rank all-time, some of the transactions that went down over the course of the past week are certainly going to pay dividends, one way or another, over the remainder of the regular season. Here are our winners and losers of the 2013 MLB trade deadline.
For most of the first three months of the Major League Baseball season, Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon had been excellent. But for some reason, over his past few outings, the 32-year-old right-hander has fallen apart.